“I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law.” Psalms 119:55
Over and over we are seeing in this chapter how much the Word can help us. I scratch my head wondering why we neglect It so much when It can change our outlook on our circumstances.
The psalmist speaks of the “night” here. I think that is referring to both the actual darkness of time AND situation. Both of which you and I will experience in our lives. And our conduct during the day is what will be revealed at those hours.
Mark and I lived right on a busy street in Lages for a year. Cars and trucks and motorcycles sped up and down that road all day and all night. We knew that those noises were going to be a part of living there when we moved in, but what we DIDN’T know was that right beside us was a Tennis Club. How bad could that be, right? Well, it wouldn’t have been too awful had a tennis ball been the only thing we heard, but it was also a place where dances, graduations, weddings, parties and receptions were held. And those events lasted until daylight the following day.
Our bedroom faced the street and during the summer we slept with our window open, so I have heard a thousand people stumbling along the sidewalk as they either lost their stomach contents beside our wall, argued with their date or relieved themselves on the corner as the music from the event they just left boomed, boomed, boomed in the background. Every now and then, some of the people would be so drunk they would sing and gather around our sidewalk as they continued their party for another hour by their parked cars.
Over that year we found people passed out and lying in the ditch as well as forgotten shoes, glasses and other paraphernalia lying around the perimeter of our house. It was one of the factors that pushed us to seek a farm for rent so we could remove our children from that atmosphere.
Those months of enduring those parties and drunken revelries were kind of awful. But the one thing they DID do, was make me appreciate the quiet nights. It may sound crazy, but I got used to the traffic going by and when that was all that was to be heard outside, I could sleep.
I am telling you about those loud party goers because I want you to see the difference in what the world has to offer you in the night seasons and what a life lived in the Word has to offer.
What do you and I truly desire? We want peace to be reigning in our lives, not chaos, right? So why do we spend our free moments diving deeper into things that will bring NOTHING BUT chaos in our minds? Why aren’t we reminding ourselves that time is short and Jesus is soon returning and all this JUNK down here will mean absolutely nothing to us in eternity? We need to wake up and figure out that our lives need to be focused on and directed by the Word.
“For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” 1 Thessalonians 5:7-11
If I read Scripture like the above passage, I will be able to recall it as I lay my head down on my pillow and begin to think about my problems. I will be able to remind myself that I am not a lost person, but saved and I have a job to do while there is still time to do it. I will be fortified in my stand for Christ instead of weak kneed and worrying about how to handle what is confronting me.
“Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.” Psalms 42:8
We are all going to have problems, health issues, people problems, ministry problems and funerals to attend. Life is going to continue to happen until Christ’s work in us is finished, but how we conduct ourselves during our life could be GREATLY aided if we will spend more time in God’s Word and HIS promises than we do anything else.
We are going to have a decision to make and if we can remember God in that hour, we will KEEP His commandments. Yet we will only remember Him if we are walking after Him and seeking Him daily.
Yes, a life of Bible study and prayer take commitment and some good old fashion character, but the benefits are so worth it!
“I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.” Psalms 77:6
Are you in a night season? Is the Word of God being heralded forth in your heart as you bear your burden? Are you able to cling to His Promises as your heart is pained? Don’t run to the world and it’s temporary fixes. They won’t give you anything but a headache. You may just end up lying in a ditch the next morning all soiled, disoriented and needing a bath spiritually.
I say we continue to edify each other through Scripture and Praise so that we can endure with a victorious spirit the nights that lie ahead of us in our paths!
Let us keep on dwelling in the Word.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,